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Entravision’s Saenz-Carvalho Joins TAB Board

- Downs Named Chair Emeritus

Anita Saenz-Carvalho, longtime GM of Entravision’s Corpus Christi TV stations, is joining the TAB Board of Directors. She succeeds her Rio Grande Valley counterpart Angela Navarrete who left the stations in late August and had been key contributor to TAB’s advocacy efforts during her two-year term on the Board.

Saenz-Carvalho is Senior VP of Entravision KORO/KCRP Corpus Christi.  She was promoted January 2011 to Vice President and General Manager of the Corpus Christi Television cluster which has grown to include three analog stations, six digital stations, and interactive. 

In another change to the TAB Board roster, Ben Downs, VP/GM of Bryan Broadcasting’s nine FM and four AM stations, is returning in a new, non-voting capacity: Chairman Emeritus.

Downs was recognized by current TAB Board Chair Sarah Frazier, Entercom Houston, at the TAB Show in August as he concluded his second full term on the Board, the only person to hold that distinction.

“There’s not a single TAB program, service or legislative initiative during the past 19 years that Ben hasn’t been deeply involved in,” Frazier said to a standing ovation.

“He’s an advocate of the top order. He took an early lead with TAB on AM revitalization, played a key role in developing the State EAS Plan, was a key witness for our successful efforts to protect against record label shenanigans at the state level and secure a sales tax exemption for Radio stations’ digital transmission equipment.

Noting that Downs “works at a level far above most of us on the Board,” Frazier reflected on his close working relationships with FCC commissioners and bureau chiefs, as well as his members of Congress and the Texas Legislature.

“A perfect example is how Congressman Flores in his district was able to work with Ben to make sure that the $1 billion boost to the Spectrum Repack Fund included FM stations and translators.”

Downs, accompanied as usual by his wife and “advisor” Lillie, was honored as TAB’s Broadcaster of the Year in 2010, and served on the NAB Radio Board from 2008 to 2014.

View TAB’s Board List

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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